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Old 05-28-2004, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1992 318is , and the stock headlights are really dirty. How do i remove them and clear them up?(right now it looks foggy) Can i use bleach or anything else?
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nonononono... if you really want to go about it this way... you can buy new lenses...
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the current lenses (wether you buy new ones or not) are siliconed on there (glued). I've heard of someone putting them in the oven to heat the glue up but fuck that...
buy new headlights for a couple $$$s
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Take a sanding disc to it and wet sand using a very fine grit sand paper. Afterwards I just used "Klasse" wax and polish and it looks brand new.

Don't buy new plastic BMW headlights. They are like $400-$600, what a waste of money. If you ever decide to get new headlights, buy the glass euro lenses. Much better.

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well i duno about you auto... but i can get my lights very clean looking with water/soap... then they fog up again about a day later...? is it the polish you put on there that makes em look clean? or is it on the inside of the light?

how would one fix this?
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is it the inside that looks dirty or is it the outside O.o. I can't really tell, just looks yellowish.
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As far as fogging up, that is just condensation on the inside of the assembly. You can eliminate that by resealing the plastic lense with a good epoxy.

As far as rejuvenating old oxidized and hazy lenses, do as Auto says. There is a DIY in the FAQ section of this site posted by Furious that shows how.
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